Biddinger, Bitzer, Estelle & Rastigue, PLLC is a full service elder law and estate planning law firm which provides legal services to clients in all of Northeast Michigan and throughout Michigan’s Thumb. We are proud to help the people of Michigan who want to make plans for building wealth, protecting assets, preparing for incapacity, addressing end of life issues, and securing their legacies.
Counties We Serve
Biddinger, Bitzer, Estelle & Rastigue, PLLC attorneys live locally and we have decades of collective experience providing comprehensive advice and representation to clients in many different Michigan counties. We know the probate courts and the laws within these counties, we understand the services available to seniors and the disabled, and we can help you to address any issues related to planning for your own incapacity or death, or coping with the illness or loss of a loved one. We have convenient offices in Cass City, Harrisville, Deckerville, Reese and Bad Axe, but we make significant efforts to accommodate our clients all over the Northeast. The clients who count on our legal team for advocacy and advice on making Michigan’s laws work are from:
- Alcona County
- Alpena County
- Arenac County
- Bay County
- Huron County
- Iosco County
- Lapeer County
- Presque Isle County
- Saginaw County
- Sanilac County
- St. Clair County
- Tuscola County
If you live in or around these areas, we can offer you comprehensive advice on a wide variety of elder law and estate planning issues. Elder law and estate planning are not just legal areas which seniors are interested in, and we offer advice to people of all ages and in all income brackets. Our goal is to help you achieve your goals, while considering the issues that matter most to you and your family.
The Northeast Region of Michigan
The Northeastern Region of Michigan is considered to begin on the northeast coast of Lake Huron. This area is found within Mackinaw City and it includes many great places to live, as well as popular tourist destination spots.
The region is called the “Sunrise Side” of Michigan, and activities to do include exploring Mackinac Island State Park (the first of Michigan’s state parks!) as well as checking out Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Fly fishing and golfing are great for those who love the outdoors in Northeastern Michigan, as both AuSable and Manistee fishing rivers are considered world-class. There are also 17 premier golf-courses in Gaylord alone, for those who prefer to have their fun on dry land.
Those who live in or visit this attractive area of Michigan can enjoy all that Northeast Michigan has to offer. While living in the moment, though, it is important to plan for your future- which means working with an estate planning and elder law attorney to keep updated plans in place to protect yourself and your family no matter what life throws at you.
The Thumb of Michigan
The Thumb is a region in Michigan that gets its name from the fact that Michigan’s Lower Peninsula resembles the shape of a mitten. The part of the “mitten” that looks like the thumb includes the Central Michigan region to the north of the Detroit metro area and to the east of the tri-cities. There is no formal list of counties in Michigan which are considered to be a part of the thumb, but Sanilac, Huron, and Tuscola are typically included within the Thumb’s area, as are Lapeer and St. Clair counties.
The Thumb has a long history as an agricultural area, with crops including corn, sugar beets, fruits and veggies, and navy beans. Because of the rich fertile soil, many farms are located in the Thumb.
Farm owners face unique estate planning challenges because much of their wealth is often tied up in the farmland they own. This creates problems if the value of farmland results in estate taxes being assessed that there is not cash to pay. An estate planning attorney can help residents of the Thumb to determine if this is likely to be a problem and, of so, can provide assistance in making a plan to protect land by reducing or avoiding taxes.
Getting Help from a Michigan Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorney
If you live in or around the Thumb of Michigan or within Michigan’s Northeast lower peninsula, Biddinger, Bitzer, Estelle & Rastigue is available to help you with issues that matter to you and your loved ones. We can provide advice on everything from retirement planning to the probate process so you and your family can make sound financial decisions and be prepared for end of life issues and estate issues after a death. To find out more about the ways in which we can help, give us a call or contact us online today.